By Lois Kinsella, Class 28
Class 28 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program. The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership.
In early September, Scottsdale Leadership Class XXVIII was introduced to Mayor Lane and representatives of the City. As strangers, we had little idea what to expect of the next nine months, but approached each class day with an open mind and willing attitude, eager to unveil the secrets of leadership and what it might inspire within us. On our final class day we focused on gratitude, lessons learned, and spent the day reflecting on our personal personal growth and the deep appreciation of the friendships we had formed during our time together. These were no longer strangers on a common path – we’d grown to share a bond that under normal business circumstances could have taken years to develop, if ever. We hold a special interest in each other’s success and well-being, and are grateful for every moment shared over the months. We’ve grown to become the Class 28 family under the careful guidance of George Martinez and Emily Garzolini (an honorary Class 28 member), to whom we are grateful for an experience of a lifetime!
Who are the future leaders of Scottsdale? People may still respond with names of individuals who are currently in government or public positions, or those who have been publicly recognized for work they have done. However, if you ask anyone in the Scottsdale Leadership Class 28 you are likely to get a very different answer. And that answer is personal to each one of us as we continue to grow into our leadership roles and immerse ourselves into our communities.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision of tomorrow” – Melody Beattie